Test­ing Cup clash looms for Progress

Uiten­hage out­fit aim­ing to bounce back

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT - Yonela Mofu mo­fuy@ti­soblack­star.co.za

PROGRESS will have to dig deep when they lock horns with East Lon­don club rugby gi­ants Swal­lows in the Gold Cup com­pe­ti­tion at the WJ de Wet Sta­dium in Despatch on Sun­day.

Progress have yet to prove them­selves wor­thy op­po­nents af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 54-27 loss against wild­cards Tyger­berg in Cape Town on Sun­day last week.

The Progress pack lacked the abil­ity de­fen­sively to match their op­po­nents and they will be look­ing to beef up their for­wards.

Men­tal strength will be of ut­most im­por­tance when they take on the Mdantsane side who won their East Lon­don derby against Old Sel­bor­ni­ans.

Swal­lows en­ter this week’s en­counter on a high af­ter tak­ing the sec­ond po­si­tion on the log with a bonus point in the bag.

They will be hop­ing their hefty for­wards seal the job against the speedy Progress back­line.

Progress will want to en­sure that their de­ci­sion-mak­ing at the break­down is up to scratch as they face a Swal­lows team who are clin­i­cal on de­fence.

In ad­di­tion, a lack of con­trol in the back­line has cost the Uiten­hage side dearly and they will need to show an im­prove­ment as the com­pe­ti­tion pro­gresses.

They will want to strike early against the ex­pe­ri­enced Swal­lows in an ef­fort to se­cure the points for a win.

Con­sis­tency in ex­e­cut­ing their game-plan could be the key to them walk­ing away with their first win of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Look­ing back on last week’s match, Progress coach Mervin Sa­muels said: “We have gone back to the draw­ing board and worked on some cru­cial as­pects of our game-plan.

“We just need to make bet­ter de­ci­sions when at­tack­ing and to also re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of stick­ing to our game-plan.

The Uiten­hage side are in fourth po­si­tion on the pool C log with one point, while Swal­lows are sec­ond with five points.

Tyger­berg are at the top of the log with five points and a 27-point dif­fer­ence.

Old Sel­bor­ni­ans are in third po­si­tion with two points, while Progress from Ge­orge will be­gin their cam­paign to­mor­row.

The Ge­orge team will be up against the dom­i­nant Tyger­berg side at the Rose­more Sta­dium in Ge­orge.

The kick­off for the match be­tween the Uiten­hage side and Swal­lows is 2pm.

‘ We just need to make bet­ter de­ci­sions when at­tack­ing

Pic­ture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN

STOP ZONE: Wil­bre van Wyk, of Tyger­berg, is tack­led by Ray­mond Dar­ries, of Uiten­hage team Progress, dur­ing their Gold Cup match at Florida Park in Cape Town last week­end

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